Investigator: Zimmerman missed opportunities to defuse situation
George Zimmerman failed to identify himself twice during a confrontation with Trayvon Martin, a detective says.
June 27th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Investigator: Zimmerman missed opportunities to defuse situation

George Zimmerman failed to identify himself twice during a confrontation with Trayvon Martin and missed opportunities to defuse the situation that led to the death of the teen, a detective says in a newly released report.

Zimmerman, who served as a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida.

The revelation is part of information Florida prosecutors released Tuesday. It includes a previously undisclosed portion of a video of Zimmerman showing injuries he said he suffered in the altercation with Martin.

Zimmerman, 28, told police he shot the teenager in February in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty. But Martin's family and civil rights activists said Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, racially profiled Martin and ignored a 911 dispatcher's advice not to follow him.

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  1. Brutally Honest

    George missed opportunities to defuse the situation, and Trayvon ALSO missed opportunities to diffuse the situation (you know, by choosing physical violence over talking it out)... Goes BOTH ways, but, it seems that the AP, the Reverends, the Black Panther's, and the other race baiter's, don't want to see the other side, if it paints Trayvon in a bad light....

    June 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      Actually I think Zimmerman is mentally unstable. The fact is Trayvon was not commiting Zimmerman instigated the whole thing. Too bad that Trayon did not know he had have hsi permission ot walk he commited no crime. He got in a fight trying to detain Trayvon and then made up a riidiculous story to cover up what happened which iuncredibly poeple believe.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Trayvon ran away from Zimmerman twice.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ Brutally Honest, true both parties couldve TRIED to diffuse the situation. Zimmerman could have diffused it by standing down as he was instructed too by the 9ll operator. As for Travon, i have a feeling nothing he coulda done, george was on a mission!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Zimmerman was not told to stop following by a 911 operator, he was told to stop following by a uniformed Sanford PD officer. Zimmerman on that call didn't dial 911 but instead dialed the non-emergency line of the Sanford PD, which is staffed by police officers.
      This is why the officer on the other end sounded so authoritative, he was giving instructions to Zimmerman. George then ignored it and told the officer to call him back.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ h, unfortunately that is true! But it will all come out in the end. & WHO immediately sets up a plea via the web for financial help except someone whos guilty? There will always be bigoted people who will believe just because Trayvon is black, guilty!

    June 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Wood

      It's because he chose to come up and sucker punch Zimmerman after LOSING him.

      June 28, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      There is no evidence that Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman, other than Zimmerman's claim. The purported attack was not witnessed by anybody.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ernie.Boomer

    Zim man could have defused the situation up until the point Trayvon punched him then it was up to Trayvon. But unfortunately zim diffused it by killing Trayvon. Zim is an idiot. I could never defend that, but he is no murderer. If trayvon never attacked Z he would be alive today

    June 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TedTurnersDad

      Zimmerman is not an idiot. He went home after shooting Trayvon and came up with the perfect story to cover up the murder.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie.Boomer

      Well he must have been a super genius to know exactly what the eye witnesses would say to colaborate his story. Like the witness who seen the attack and Trayvon beating Z and Z yelling for help. But that guy must be in on it too. Z=idiot but no murderer

      June 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TedTurnersDad

      Well he stalked, and confronted Trayvon and killed him in cold blood, Georgie was getting his ass kicked so he shot an innocent kid carrying skittles and ice tea

      June 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie.Boomer

      You may be right on the confronting part, that is no crime to ask somebody why they are in a neighborhood, you are completely right about the ass kicking George recieved leaving him no choice but to pull the trigger. The poor young man learned the hard way why you don't attack people. You never know who has a knife or a gun.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      He has a history of agressive behavior and I can see him trying to capture someone. I also think that some one might be scared if they were followed in a vehicle and on foot. I think the passive way he talks is becaue he is around authority figures. I think he is very dangerous becaue he has poor judgement and is really paranoid. why was he armed on the way to Target or was he just patroling

      June 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. B

      no, I Zimmerman stayed in his car, there would have been no murder. The police were there less than 3 minutes later! Instead, he was so pumped on trying to get Trayvon, he lost sight of what his job really was.

      June 28, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Brandishing a weapon with intent to intimidate is illegal in Florida, even if you don't point the weapon at the person. Zimmerman approached the unarmed Martin with a gun. Martin was 17 and couldn't legally carry a firearm.

      June 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. h

    He is not truthful and hosnestly I think he is mentally unstable. He turned a non-event in to a death destroyed so many lives and now is being made a hero by people with their own agenda.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greek American

    @Ernie
    Sorry but I beg to differ. Why would anybody have the right to approach me as I am walking and ask me what I am doing in said area? Is this not the USA, land of the free? There are people in this country who feel that cops shouldn't even have that right. So no, Zman had no authority whatsoever to do what he did, just as you and I do not have such authority. Think about it.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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